Hi, I’m Helen Goodbarton, and I have planted Sprouts here in Nottingham. I wholly believe in the importance of drama and role play in a child’s social and educational development. It is becoming increasingly apparent that drama is a very viable method to teach children life-long skills such as self-confidence, focus, respect and awareness of others, and teamwork skills. From being able to inspire where traditional teaching methods may not always work, to allowing children to experience situations that are out of their ordinary every-day lives in a safe manner, and so learning about other people, and other ways of thinking, we can help young children sprout into positive and thoughtful individuals with the confidence to be their own person in life
I have been involved in drama since I moved to Nottingham as a young teenager and became a part of Nottingham Education Theatre Company (Now Nottingham Youth Theatre). I trained as an actor at the Guildford School of Acting. Since graduating in 2002 I have been working in the realm of children’s theatre and entertainment, and for a leading young children’s drama company based in London before moving back to Nottingham to begin this venture.
Sprouts leaders all have a passion for drama in some way or another, be it their job or their pastime.
They have been chosen for their experience and ideas they can bring to the company, their interest in drama and working with children, and also importantly their character.
A Sprouts leader always has the essential qualities of fun and enthusiasm, and is engaging in their teaching at all times. They will always have a friendly, open and youthful demeanour that will allow the children to relate to them easily.
Each class will always have at least two leaders, all of whom are DBS checked and at least one of whom is First Aid trained for babies and small children.
Any new Sprouts leader will go through a training program with a senior to learn our ideals and standards, and also have a chance to observe a class in action.
Sprouts leaders will be appraised on a regular basis to ensure standards are kept to our high expectations.
If you are interested in joining our Sprouts team, email over your CV and a little bit about yourself to firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi, I’m Helen G! I am a nutty Nottinghamshire born Sprouts leader. I trained as an actress at The Bridge Training Theatre Company in London, and I’m currently working in the Beeston and College Street venues. I am proud to be a Sprouts leader and enjoy working with young people and their amazingly creative imaginations.
Laura: Sherwood, Wollaton and College Street 11+
Hi, I’m Laura, and a proud Sprouts leader in Sherwood, Wollaton and College Street. I’ve been ‘Sprouting’ since September 2008, and really enjoy watching the little seedlings grow and blossom before my eyes! I also like to keep up my skills as an actress where I can. I especially love acting in the theatre. In my own ‘budding’ days, I worked on children’s TV and recently was part of a short film by Nottingham director Simon Ellis, with fellow Sprouts leader, Tim Evans.
Roxana: Sherwood, Beeston Wednesdays, West Bridgford and Gedling
I am Roxana and in February 2014, I joined the lovely Sprouts garden. I trained as an actor at National University of Drama and Cinematography Bucharest and extended my studies in Performing Arts at Kent University in Canterbury. I speak three foreign languages and my experience includes stage theatre and film productions as well as radio broadcasting and international drama workshops for children and young people. Working with children can be challenging sometimes but is incredibly rewarding.
Emily: Lady Bay, Radcliffe, Beeston Fridays and Beeston 11+
Hi I’m Emily, I studied at the University of Lincoln BA Drama, and have been all over Europe performing and Directing. I love drama and cats. I’ve been Sprouting since 2014 and it’s such a rewarding and fun experience. I’m also Head of Drama at the Majestic Theatre School in Retford and Lincoln, and run my own school Starlight Theatre Academy in Newark. I love watching children grow and improve their confidence through drama. I am very lucky to have such a fun and rewarding job
Hi! Joining Sprouts was probably my best achievement and I’ve been here since 2015! I have a huge passion for theatre, and graduated from University of Derby in Broadcast Media and Theatre Arts. I love working with the
‘Sprouts’ and seeing them gain more confidence over the term, using their creative imaginations during the drama games, and getting involved in the adventures! (and the leaders also get chance to play silly characters!) Working with young people can be
challenging at times, but we still have lots of fun!
Ben- Lady Bay, Toton
I’m Ben, I haven’t been ‘sprouting’ long, but I’ve been acting since I can remember and I’m really enjoying Sprouts. I was a member of Nottingham Youth Theatre for 7 years and currently attend the Television Workshop. last month I was in doctors with the BBC and I’ll be starting my training at East 15 acting school next year. Sprouts is a great place that constantly keeps you on your toes and I love the energy all the leaders always bring to the sessions! It’s great watching the sprouts branch out and gain confidence.
I studied drama at Manchester Metropolitan University and I did some more drama training in London! I’m a Sheffield born lady who loves a good cup of tea! I love physical theatre and clowning around! I love sprouts because I get to meet some brilliant people and inspire the children I teach to run wild with their imaginations and have fun through the arts. When I’m not Sprouting around you can find me writing some poetry or performing in the city
Simon- Lady Bay, Beeston Wednesdays
Hi I’m Simon, I’ve not been at Sprouts long but I’m already loving it. I was a member of Nottingham Youth Theatre for 9 years before becoming a leader there last year, during my time at NYT I have written two family musicals ‘The Uncredibles’ and ‘Mad Man: Derby Road’. I’m currently working on a Space musical for September 2017. I’ve been writing scripts for a couple of years, and have recently been shortlisted for a Young Creatives Award. I find Sprouts’ classes incredibly fun and rewarding and I’m looking forward to seeing what they can do!
Hannah- Seely, Beeston Fridays and Beeston 11+ (Wednesday)
Hi, I’m Hannah and I have recently graduated from the University of Kent where I studied Drama and French. Before studying, I was part of Nottingham Youth Theatre for six years and performed in several professional productions across the East Midlands which really gave me a feel for theatre! During my time at university, I have been involved in many community drama projects as part of a university society, Stage Spiders, and as a School of Arts Outreach Ambassador. I am really looking forward to beginning my Sprouting adventure!
Kristian- West Bridgford, Beeston 11+
I am a trained professional singer, actor and dancer having left The Urdang Academy in Central London two years ago! Since then I have gone on to work in commercials, the odd tv/film job and mostly the theatre from pantomime to dark musicals about the rise and fall of musicians! Apart from spending my time going up and down to London for networking, auditions and working; I teach here and at two other schools. I love passing on the skills I have learnt to the youths of today and it is very rewarding about watching a child understand and grow as a budding performer (and a little sprout!).
I’m currently a member of The Television Workshop in Nottingham. I’ve been acting since the age of 5 and have taken part in various films, short films, adverts, and theatre productions. I believe that acting can be a great way for young kids to improve their confidence and is a great outlet for them to get creative and more importantly have fun!